Since Covid-19 began, the transition to virtual learning has certainly thrown a wrench in education everywhere. And environmental education has perhaps faced additional harm, given the importance of experiencing nature firsthand. That said, online learning could also offer new avenues of outreach, potentially allowing even more people to access vital environmental information.
With this in mind, the future of environmental education is perhaps more promising than ever before.
Where online environmental education falls short
The shortcomings of environmental education are all too evident. Without in-person instruction, students studying the environment can no longer go on field excursions, gather samples, or even analyze ecological trends in a lab.
But younger children will probably be the most affected by this transition. Especially since at a young age, our interactions with the environment help establish a natural relationship that tends to stick with us for the rest of our lives. Read more…